You'll probably make some local contacts but signal reports will likely be down on even basic horizonal antennas. And DX performance will fall well short of the great reports that vertical antenna exponents rave about.
* N6LF's closer look at vertical antennas with elevated ground systems & also this
* VE2CV's vertical monopoles with elevated radials (sound advice from another expert)
* W8JI on counterpoise systems
* The mystery of radials
* Owen Duffy's radial comparisons
What are your experiences with radial or counterpoise systems? What worked and what didn't? I'd enjoy reading your thoughts in the comments box below.
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